The second Disney Channel Storytellers program, which aims to find and foster the next generation of series creators and comedy writers for kids, tween and family series, has opened for applications.
Open to professionally represented writers, the salaried program begins in November 2015 and runs for 20 weeks at Disney’s Burbank headquarters. The deadline to apply is September 1.
Accepted participants (in teams of up to four) will be given the opportunity to develop one live-action original script for pilot consideration, work on existing development projects for Disney, and create multiplatform digital content.
They will receive mentoring on concept creation and writing, network pitching and pilot production from a number of Disney Channels’ programming and development executives and producers.
In addition, finalists can earn membership eligibility credits for the Writers Guild of America (WGA) from Disney-owned It’s A Laugh Productions.
Returning to supervise the program’s second year is Marc Warren, an Emmy-nominated writer and producer of Disney Channel hit series Even Stevens, That’s So Raven and Cory in the House.
The new program follows the success of the inaugural Storytellers incubator last year, which according to Disney Channels Worldwide VP of original series Jennilee Cummings, resulted in one writing team’s pilot being produced for series consideration at Disney Channel and a second team joining the writing staff of Disney Channel’s upcoming comedy series Bunk’d.
More information on how to apply for the Disney Channel Storytellers program can be found at www.partners.disney.com/storytellers.